The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is four years old in 2018. The race organizers are celebrating the feat by adding a fourth ascension in the Challambra Crescent to make the finale more challenging for the participating cyclists.
The 2018 edition of the race would see the course length reduced by 10 kms to 164km. However, the course still begins on the waterfront in Geelong, then continues to the Great Ocean Road and then to the city inlands for a few laps before returning to the start. The tour would take over four hours to complete.
On the outcomes for the race, the coastal loop would be key. Team leaders would expect their domestiques to do the required work at the loop to help them remain fresh for the second half of the race. There is a strong possibility of crosswinds which will provide temporary relief with the temperatures in its 30s.
The surprise winner for last year Nikias Arndt with the Sunweb team might be affected by the new circuit. He was overlooked last year by rivals but his fast finish helped him to victory. There is another winner in Peter Kennaugh who would be likely riding for Jay McCarthy, who are keen on erasing the disappointment at the Tour Down Under.
Other cyclists to watch include JhonatanRestrepo, and Nathan Haas, who was also disappointing at the Tour Under Down. The BMC will have trio: Simon Gerrans, Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte. Cadel Evans former team BMC will be hoping that an Australian win the race for the first time. There is pressure on them to perform.
There are others like Daryl Impey, Tom-JelteSlagter, Dries Devenyns, Ruben Guerriero, Larry Warbasse, Robert Gesink and many others.